NORTH DURHAM: The one trait our North Durham United Football Club teams always seem to show is the ability to play hard and determined, no matter what the score is. This is exactly what happened this past week, as the results weren't what the teams were looking for, but the players all competed until the final whistle.
It is quite amazing to see how well the North Durham teams have done this season, and in past years going up against clubs that have tens of thousands more players to choose from, mostly due to their effort and determination along with skill and quality coaching.
The U16 girls went up against their rivals Benfica FC last week and played a complete game, coming out with a well deserved 1-1 draw. Scoring for the local girls was Kaitlyn I, as she played a great team game, with some honest physical work, helping the NDUFC team pass the Benfica team in the standings. This is a great confidence booster, sponsored by Life's Journey Financial Services, as they prepare for their cup match in Darlington next week.
The U12 Girls played some fantastic soccer this weekend in Orangeville, at the Storm the Field Festival.
They enjoyed playing a couple of teams from SC Toronto, in which they demonstrated grit and determination. The girls came out with two positive results and had a great time. The team is led by head coach Anthony Corey and sponsored by Amico. Way to go girls, everyone has been playing awesome this year, keep it up.
The European Championship round of 16 has played true to form so far, as the favourites are getting through. The biggest surprise of the round so far, was seeing Portugal score a late goal, beating the skilled Croatian team. The surprise wasn't so much the result, as it was that the game was played at a snail's pace, which was a shame for the two highly skilled clubs.